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Early Review: Elusion by Claudia Gabel & Cheryl Klam

ElusionTitle: Elusion

Author: Claudia Gabel & Cheryl Klam

Genre: YA Science Fiction/Romance

Series: Elusion (Book 1)

Publication Date: March 18, 2014

Format: Hardcover, 384 Pages

ISBN-10: 006212241X (Harper Teen)

ISBN-13: 978-0062122414 (Harper Teen)

Reviewed byKaitlin


The mind-blowing beginning of a futuristic series about the seductive nature of a perfect virtual world and how far one girl will go to uncover the truth behind the illusions.

A new technology is sweeping the country. To enter Elusion®, you need an app, a visor, and a wristband and you’ll be virtually transported to an exotic destination where adventure comes without the complications or consequences of real life. When there are accusations that Elusion is addictive and dangerous, Regan is determined to defend it and is pulled into incredible new worlds to discover deeply buried truths and to make the ultimate choice between love and loyalty. . . .

Full of thrilling mystery, romance, and intriguing technology, this Inception-inspired thriller is perfect for fans of dystopian and sci-fi novels such as Uglies by Scott Westerfeld, Matched by Ally Condie, and Partials by Dan Wells.

Quick & Dirty: An amazing story that you devour like a chocolate cake, one that will leave you shocked and gaping at a cliffhanger. Well-paced, well-written . . . what isn’t to like?

Opening Sentence: “Don’t be scared, Regan,” My father says. “I’ll be next to you the whole time, I promise.”

Excerpt: No

The Review:

It is a different world than the present one — pollution has become a major conflict, and acid rains storm as citizens wear air purifiers with heavy-duty umbrellas. Elusion is a new technology invented by Regan’s father, a virtual world where pain, sadness, and anything other than bliss are nowhere to be found. Regan’s dad passed, leaving her mother and herself to deal with loss as rumors of Elusion’s “addictiveness” fly through the city. But Regan begins to wonder . . . could these claims be correct?

This is going to be the next big thing! Elusion is a mind-blowing start to a series. I was immediately hooked, from the second I started reading, and the cover was gorgeous so that helped convince me that I’d love it as well.

Elusion is both a mystery story and a sci-fi masterpiece, with dips and turns and constant action. The very idea of Elusion, a world that is perfect and beautiful, was a unique and fresh idea. The tone of the novel swings from enchanting and happy to morbid and dangerous, making for an emotional rollercoaster that will leave you breathless.

Everything, even the science aspect, is explained crystal clear. There was no problem with being bored, because everything about this was interesting and intriguing. I can find no plot holes. It seems that for the most part, this story is as close to perfect as it can be.

Regan has one main problem, the Elusion and how its faults are affecting people and two subplot sort of things — her life with her mom, who is struggling with the loss of her husband, and her choice between her two love interests. Does she choose the one that knows everything about her, that has been by her side for as long as she remembers? Or does she choose someone new that she wants to trust, someone she can’t help thinking is attractive in a different way? The love triangle is between Patrick (the first option), and Josh (the latter), and I must say that even though certain things happen, Patrick is still my favorite of the two.

And the author leaves you at a cliffhanger — an extremely heart-wrenching, particularly exciting cliffhanger. I’m checking the pages as I go, thinking, why are there so little left? And then it ends, on the next page, and the rest are acknowledgments and such. It took so much willpower to not throw my nook at the wall, because this book comes out in 2014 which can only mean the sequel will come out in 2015. Might as well slip into a coma and wait it out, or else I’ll die with anticipation.

In summary, this is a must-read for 2014. Pre-order it, get it on the release date, and read within a day. Those are the steps to success when it comes to Elusion. I’m so excited that I got the chance to read this and I’m so thankful to both authors for producing an effortless, amazing book.

Notable Scene:

I raise my head in awe as I watch the veil of white light float up from the ground like a fog and evaporate to reveal a glorious sapphire sky. Dad and I are perched on top of a rocky cliff, the remarkable landscape of Elusion stretched out in front of us. Down below there are miles and miles of dark green forest, but the view is so crisp I can almost see every leaf and needle jutting out from each spindling branch. Beyond in a chain of majestic mountains with snowcapped peaks, which borders a large body of water made up of shimmering swirls of turquoise and jade. Everything is traced with a translucent glittering substance, almost like fairy dust.

It’s the most incredible sight I’ve ever seen. And although I’ve never been a fan of heights, here I am, standing at the edge of a steep embankment, feeling that sweet electricity being absorbed by all my never endings.

Elusion Series:

1. Elusion (March 18, 2014)


FTC Advisory: Katherine Tegen Books/Harper Collins provided me with a copy of Elusion. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.


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